TRIBUTES have been paid to former mayor and local town and district councillor, following her sudden death earlier this week.

Councillor Glenise Noyes passed away on Tuesday afternoon, following a short illness at the age of 71.

Councillors observed a minute’s silence at Wednesday’s Wychavon District Council meeting in tribute to Councillor Noyes, who was recently re-elected as a ward member for Droitwich East.

She stood on both Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Spa Town Council alongside her husband and fellow councillor Tom Noyes, representing the district since 2011, and the town since 1999.

Cllr Noyes spent a dramatic year as mayor of Droitwich between 2008 and 2009, dealing with the town’s floods, and supporting recovering businesses on the High Street, and she also supported her husband as his mayoress when he took on the role.

Councillor Lynne Duffy, Wychavon’s outgoing chairman and new deputy council leader, had known Cllr Noyes for nearly 10 years. She said that her death had left the council with a great sense of loss and sadness.

She added: “She was known by my daughters as the butterfly lady because she loved butterflies and always wore butterfly jewellery. It’s quite fitting really as she was a gentle and free spirit who brightened up our world with her cheery nature.

“Glen loved her family, was immensely proud of her son Joe and of Droitwich where she excelled in her role as mayor and later mayoress for Tom.

“She was full of compassion, there wasn’t an ounce of malice in her and she will be missed by many people.”

Cllr Noyes supported a number of charities and good causes including the Droitwich Stroke Club, The Salvation Army, Droitwich Young Firefighters and St Richard’s Hospice. She was also chairman of the Droitwich branch of the Conservative Party.

She leaves her husband Tom, and son Joe.